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Date: January 11, 2021 - January 25, 2021
Time: 10:00 am - 11:30 am
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Online, online, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada


This series of conversations will begin with the power of Allurement. We will explore Brian Swimme’s captivating exploration of the power of allurement coursing through the Universe and each of us. He offers amazing insights that will forever change how you think about being human. Dr Brian Swimme takes us on a fascinating journey into the powers that have been active since the beginning of time and are available in you. Brian Swimme’s website:

Date: 3 Mondays, Jan 11, 18 & 25, 2021
Time: 10:00 am – 11:30 pm Pacific
Cost: $30.00
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 250-220-4601

Margie Gillis lives by the sea on Cape Breton Island.  She grew up in a small coal mining town, a “company town” as they are known.    Coal influenced her life – as did the sea.

Margie has a BEd from Mt Saint Vincent University in Halifax and an MA in Environmental Studies from York University, Toronto.   Her early labor was in church ministry but later, she was drawn to community development work after seeing the effects of the neo-liberal economic agenda on small rural communities in Eastern Canada in the 1980’s and 90’s.   She was very active in the potential to re-invent local communities after severe economic decline using what Otto Scharmer refers to as “architectures of connection”, that is, the establishment of community-based initiatives to gather folks in their efforts to re-think and re-new their communities.    She was the Director of the Carmel Centre project in New Waterford incubating small businesses, encouraging community leadership, and active in efforts to establish a medical centre focusing on community issues of health and wellness.

She is a member of the congregation of the Sisters of Charity of Halifax.   In this last third of her life, she spends her time studying the new spirituality, growing a garden, and caring for her 95-year-old mother.    All the while continuing to live by the sea.

Bernice Vetter, SC, MPS, Initially Bernice taught high school;  after 15 years, she acquired her post graduate degree in Pastoral Studies. Currently she is a spiritual care and counseling specialist –primarily with Psychiatric patients and clients. She has been participating in Sacred Circle Dance and in International workshops since 1995 and has been the facilitator of the Edmonton group for 18 years—thereby achieving an integrated and work play balance.  For many years she has pursued the work of Brian Swimme, Thomas Berry and Ilia Delio among others. And those who interpret the New Story as the only viable worldview for today.  To that end, she has also become experienced in hosting workshops –especially through the medium of the Zoom platform.

An Ecological Civilization: Vision and Practice with Jeremy Lent
Our current civilization is currently hurtling headlong toward catastrophe, as a result of climate breakdown, ecological overshoot, and gaping inequalities. Redirecting humanity’s trajectory will require transformation at a foundational level: moving from a wealth-based, extractive civilization to one that is life-affirming—an Ecological Civilization.

This course of four classes will review the concept of an ecological civilization from multiple perspectives. The first class will lay out a deep historical context, describing the impact of culture and values on history, and introducing the vision of an ecological civilization in contrast to our current society. The second class will explore the ontological and ethical parameters of an ecological civilization. The third class will delve into specifics of what an ecological civilization might look like in practice; and the final class will trace realistic pathways to a life-affirming future—and invite participants to explore their own engagement in laying the groundwork.

Each class will consist of presentations, full group discussion, and small group exercises.
Class 1 | Ecological Civilization in Historical Context
Class 2 | Ecological Civilization: Worldview and Values
Class 3 | An Ecological Civilization in Practice
Class 4 | Pathways to an Ecological Civilization

Jeremy Lent is an author whose writings investigate the patterns of thought that have led our civilization to its current existential crisis. His recent book, The Patterning Instinct: A Cultural History of Humanity’s Search for Meaning, explores the way humans have made meaning from the cosmos from hunter-gatherer times to the present day. He is founder of the non-profit Liology Institute, dedicated to fostering an integrated worldview that could enable humanity to thrive sustainably on the Earth. His upcoming book, The Web of Meaning: Integrating Science and Traditional Wisdom to Find Our Place in the Universe, will be published in June 2021 by New Society Publishers (USA/Canada) and Profile Books (UK & Commonwealth). Jeremy writes topical articles exploring the deeper patterns of political and cultural developments at Patterns of Meaning.

Online links:

Author website
Blog: Patterns of Meaning
Liology Institute
Date: 4 Tuesday, Feb 2, 9, 16 & 23, 2021
Time: 2:00 – 4:00 pm
Cost: $50

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Event Posted by: Gertie Jocksch